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Business model innovation in the agri-food sector: a literature review
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7139-7338
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5849-1442
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
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2016 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 118, no 6, 1462-1476 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Because the business model is a fairly new concept, research is lacking on business model innovation in certain industry sectors. One such sector is the agri-food sector. Using a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1990 to 2014, this paper examines the where, when, and how of the use of business models and business model innovation in the agri-food sector.

Design/methodology/approach

A web-based search was conducted to identify peer-reviewed journal articles that contained a combination of “business model” or “business model innovation” with agriculture-related and food-related terms (e.g., “agri-food sector”). After winnowing out irrelevant and duplicate articles, 505 articles were chosen for analysis.

Findings

Using categories, the paper analyses various data about the selected articles. The categories include research settings, units of analysis, methodologies, and theories. Based on this analysis, the paper finds that these agri-food sector articles are primarily qualitative, empirical studies that focus on one or a few companies (i.e., case studies). The paper also finds that theory is not yet well developed in the research on the agri-food sector.

Originality/value

Systematic literature reviews of various concepts, theories, and models are common in many fields (e.g., information/software technology, healthcare, and organizational management). However, no such review is available for the agri-food sector, in particular in its use of business models and business model innovation. This paper addresses that gap with its review of relevant articles published in more than 300 journals in recent years. Based on this review, the paper draws conclusions about business model innovation in the agri-food sector and offers suggestions for future research. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 118, no 6, 1462-1476 p.
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Innovation, Literature review, Business model, Agri-food sector
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30811DOI: 10.1108/BFJ-08-2015-0293ISI: 000379015200010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85012891029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30811DiVA: diva2:923667
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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